acupuncture is safe in kids

Acupuncture is increasingly used in children; however, the safety of pediatric acupuncture has yet to be reported from systematic review.

A recent study concluded "support those from adult studies, which have found that acupuncture is safe when performed by appropriately trained practitioners."

The review paper, published in Pediatrics, includes data from 37 studies. Those range from "gold standard" randomized trials that compared side effects with acupuncture and other treatments, to single reports of acupuncture-related illness and injury.

"In general, acupuncture is a very safe therapy," she concluded. "It should be good for kids. But consider their age, and we do need to be very careful and recommend that the parents are always involved." - Reuters News.


acupuncture IVF

According to a new research, women who are getting electronic acupuncture session for infertility treatment might have a higher chance of conceiving. The study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined 309 women undergoing the IVF process. It was observed that those women who revived electrotherapy during the time of embryo transfer had a higher chance of giving birth.

Here is the original report.


Fibromyalgia means "pain of the muscle fiber." The most characteristic symptom is a high level of muscle pain. Other symptoms include exhaustion or overwhelming fatigue, sleep disorder and very stiff muscles, especially upon awakening.

Fibromyalgia patients often have depression, anxiety, headaches and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

{sitelinkxoff}Read more about the latest finding on what can acupuncture do to help Fibromyalgia patients.

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The following video "An Update on Fibromyalgia" was published on March 2011.

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acupuncture

New research concludes that acupuncture benefits sleep. A controlled trial conducted on pigs measured sleep outcomes when the subjects received acupuncture at acupoints GV20 and Dafengmen (an acupoint anatomically similar to human GV20, Baihui). Results were measured using an actigraph (Octagonal Basic Motionlogger) and by measuring catecholamine counts in the urine after the application of acupuncture. Pigs receiving acupuncture at Dafengmen for 20 minutes at a depth of 10-20mm showed significant values on the actigraph and urine analysis showed significant changes in the catecholamine count.

Read more about the research on Acupuncture improves sleep.


It's one of the older healing methods in the world. It's been around for 3,000 years. It's also considered one of the safest. And when used properly, practitioners say the ancient Acupuncture literally has the power to heal.

The traditional Chinese medicine has been popular with thousands of practitioners in the United States.

But will Acupuncture ever become mainstream in Western culture?

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migraineMost of Canadian local news stations recently reported treating migraines by acupuncture after Dr. Molsberger, MD, of the Canadian Medical Association wrote “acupuncture is more effective than no acupuncture” and is at the very least “as effective as a B-blocker (beta blocker)” on treating migraines.

Acupuncture is “effective and safe”, it is “more effective than flunarizine in decreasing the duration of migraine attacks.” Although acupuncture and sham acupuncture (where the needles are inserted only to a superficial depth in the skin, or into sites that are not considered acupuncture points in traditional medicine) appear equally effective in treating migraines.

Dr. Albrecht Molsberger later on told Reuters Health "sham acupuncture is not a true placebo -- and may have real physiological effects".

There are much debate and discussions regarding acupuncture and sham acupuncture. The truth is, they all are acupuncture.

Dr. Benny Xu pointed out that:

  • Acupuncture points not associated with meridians are common, and those un-named points called A-shi points in acupuncture. 
  • Regarding of the depth of the needle insertion, those are relative to patients size, weight, skin thickness, muscle density, size of the needle, patients sensitivity to pain, etc.

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According to a study published in 2007, acupuncture was the number one ‘non-conventional’ treatment used within the UK. NHS patients may now be offered a course for certain conditions on an out-patient basis [2]. Private practices have opened in most major towns and cities. Many offer not only needling but frequently also Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. There are now long established UK training and CPD routes for practitioners, and study in China itself is still a popular option.


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